ive started saving up money to go travelling for a few months in november, to thailand. Ive read the books, ive seen the pictures so im set to go (still need to pluck up the courage to make it def!) ive started telling a few people i know about my plans and they have totally made me unsure. Ive got people telling me not to go to thailand as its ,dirty,weird?,unsafe,no running water, basically not a good place to go,and have told me to go to australia. They have said it has better beaches,better atmosphere,better night life,better people!.But some have told me that thailand is the place to go and not australia! my brain is frazzled its made me doubt where i want to go,i know its personal preferance but as ive been to neither and can only afford to go to one i want to make sure its the right place for me. so finally(sorry for the waffle) anyone been to both and which did you prefer i need to make up my mind thanks .
[ Edit: Edited on Mar 30, 2007, at 10:58 AM by bolton81 ]
bolton81 its really a question of what you want from your travel experience.
Australia will be very much like home at a comfort level.
Thailand will be very different and take you out of your comfort zone.
Both will have things you have never seen before.
Do you want to experience travel or do you just want to go somewhere to relax.
There is no right or wrong answer, it is your holiday, your money and your time.
Whatever the choice, enjoy
Thailand is alright, cheap in most places, scenic in some places, people are reasonable nice in most areas and it is certainly a cultural experience if you are from the UK like your profile says. One bonus for Thailand that Australia can't offer is the fact you can get to neighbouring places like Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore all relatively cheaply, so you could see more countries than just one. If you come to Australia you'll have a great time, but you'll only get to see Australia but it is big enough and differs enough in some areas that it's almost like you are visiting other countries. Like you have parts that are like American cities, parts that look like they could be the Middle East with it's huge areas of desert, you've got places that will be just like the UK, places like the swiss Alps, places like Canada, places like Africa and places that can't compare to anywhere else in the world and those are just a small sample of what you can see in Australia.
Australia is much nicer in my personal opinion, but I do live here. One thing that does let it down compared to Thailand and South East Asia is that compared to South East Asia it is quite expensive. In some places for tours it can cost as much a day as one of those expensive cruises to Antarctica costs per day. The people are usually pretty easy going (always some exceptions though). You are unlikely to come across people who are going to con you, try and rip you off because you are a tourist and they believ you have money (one of Thailand and other places in South East Asias bad points). Australia has some of the best beaches in the world, in the time of year you'd be coming the bottom 5/6 of Australia will have really nice weather most the time. In the far north it will most likely be raining a lot when you come, but that is only in the northern areas of Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland. If Cairns is one of you really want to see places, it will probably not be a good time to go there, because there is a good chance it will be very hot and pour with rain most the time you are there.
Whatever you decide on have a great trip.